Israel and Jordan in Diplomatic Showdown Over Amman Embassy Attack

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An Israeli security official who was attacked Sunday night at the Israeli embassy compound in Amman shot and killed the Jordanian man who attacked him, according to statements from Jordanian and Israeli officials. The crisis that had begun because of the security measures was considered by some to be the bloodiest in the city in years.

A video posted by the Israeli foreign minister showed the Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu congratulating the agent and the ambassador for returning safely.

Jordan has called for the removal of the metal detectors and thousands of Jordanians have protested against the Israeli move in an outpouring of public anger against Israel.

Mr Netanyahu and King Abdullah discussed the shrine in their phone call, Jordan's state news agency Petra said. It said the Israeli fired toward the teen, injuring him, and also struck the landlord who was standing nearby.

It said police were notified in the late afternoon of a shooting at the compound in the residential Rabiyeh neighbourhood of Amman.

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"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and security authorities are working with the Jordanian government over various channels", the Israeli foreign ministry said. A second Jordanian, the owner of the building, was hit by gunfire and later died of his injuries.

Tensions between Israel and Jordan were already building over the past week after Jerusalem reinstalled metal detectors at the Temple Mount following a fatal terrorist shooting there. Israel is a valuable intelligence and defense ally in Jordan's battle against ISIS and other extremist groups, but there are also economic projects that are vital to Jordanian agriculture and water security, most prominently the $10 billion Red-Dead pipeline.

Police confirmed that a Jordanian man was fatally wounded in the incident while an Israeli national was among the two injured parties taken to hospital. Jordan initially said the guard could only leave after an investigation, while Israel said he enjoyed diplomatic immunity.

Abdullah said the guard, who proceeded to shoot dead two Jordanians, including his assailant and a bystander, must face "justice".

Jordanians are set to hold another protest on Friday to repeat their demand for closure of the Israeli Embassy and tearing up the unpopular peace treaty.

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